Started in 1992 by British feminist Mary Young, International No Diet Day has taken on diet culture and body shaming — in all its shapes and forms — and handed body positivity back to the people, and not just to those who are of size. It gives those who are suffering from body image issues a moment to love and accept themselves, outside of cultural norms and societal pressures. It lets people know "I am not defined by the numbers on a scale."
In celebration of No Diet Day, help break down (and shake down) diet culture and all its practices. Here's a list of items you can work on to keep the body shamers at bay today:
Raise awareness of weight discrimination, size-ism and fat phobia.
Help end weight discrimination, size-ism and fat phobia.
Present the facts about the diet industry, emphasizing the inefficacy of commercial diets.
Make a public declaration of how you're going to ditch your diet for good.
Eat what you want, when you want. Don't make any excuses!
Give your social media feeds a clean, and un-follow the negative influences in your life who are still supporting diets and unfavourable body image.
Get up and dance. Trust me, it's fun and a great way to feel your body in motion.
Don't be afraid to take up space. You deserve to be there as much as anyone else — be unapologetic!
Write down all the positive things you love about your body, and read them out loud. You would be surprised to hear how much there is.
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